As you travel around the country, have you ever noticed that many villages’ place names are mounted on millstones? Have you ever wondered why they are there and what they were once used for?
If so, why not visit an exhibition on millstones at Holgate Windmill?
Millstones are part of our cultural heritage and throughout history have played a central role in many communities. The exhibition shows how millstones have enabled us to extract flour and meal from grain over the centuries. Discover which stones were best for milling, where they were found, and how the design and use of millstones has changed over time.
Using photographs and diagrams, the exhibition examines the variety of different sizes and patterns of millstones, how they evolved and illustrates how they work together in pairs to help convert the grain into flour or meal to feed the local population and livestock.
For more information on Holgate Windmill and the exhibition visit holgatewindmill.org